Asian Games 2018: Swapna Barman’s Incredible Story Of Winning Gold!

Read her story here!

Swapna Barman is all of 21 from Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, and her feat at the Asian Games this year is what’s winning hearts all around the world. She won the coveted gold medal in the heptathlon event with an aggregate of 6026 points, which is also a landmark as she crossed the 6000-point mark in the event.

To the uninitiated, a heptathlon is a track and field combined events contest made up of seven events. The person who participates in a heptathlon is known as a heptathlete. A woman’s heptathlon consists of the following:

  • 100 metres hurdle
  • High Jump
  • Shot put
  • 200 metres
  • Long Jump
  • Javelin Throw
  • 800 metres

Swapna’s story is nothing short of bravery, where despite faulty shoes and a raging toothache, she beat the odds and emerged as the winner. Her win is the first-ever gold for India in the event at the Asian Games.

Swapna’s backstory is all sorts of incredible, where pain has been a huge part of her life. She was born with six toes on each of her feet, wherein shoes would seldom fit her. Acquiring expensive shoes was out of the question as her father was a rickshaw puller and couldn’t afford it. Over the years, she sustained injuries on her ankle, knee, fingers, with a disc bulging in her back. At the Asian Games, right before her historic win, she couldn’t speak owing to an incredibly painful tooth.

However, after her win, one could still see her face bandaged up in order to lessen the pain in her tooth. Post her win, she took to Twitter to talk about what it all felt like. She dedicated her win to her country.

Happy pictures of her family have been doing the rounds, too, celebrating her win at Jakarta.

The performance of the female athletes at the Asian Games this year has been par excellence, with each athlete bringing in laurels for the country. Right from Vinesh Phogat’s gold to Dutee Chand’s silver, PV Sindhu’s silver, and lots more, nothing stops these women from aiming higher.

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You may also read: Women’s Archery Team Wins Silver; Special Mention For Jyothi Surekha Vennam!

You may also read: Dutee Chand Clinches Another Silver At Asian Games 2018!!

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